Todd Pletcher

Violence Colt Takes No Prisoners at Belmont

3rd-Belmont, $62,080, Msw, 6-3, 2yo, 5f, :58.42, gd. PRISONER (c, 2, Violence--Al Max Diner {SW, $131,226}, by End Sweep) denied the overly hyped Fauci (Malibu Moon) to graduate on debut in New York's first baby race of the year. Seizing the early advantage, the 6-5 second-choice dueled with favored Fauci through a :22.54 opening quarter and into the far turn. Prisoner shrugged off his foe in the stretch, cruising clear to a dominant 4 3/4-length victory. The winner is a half to Manuka Honey (Borrego), SW & MGSP, $177,084. Stakes...

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Wednesday’s Insights: 2-Year-Old Racing Returns to New York

Sponsored by Alex Nichols 3rd-BEL $64k, MSW, 2yo, 5f, post time: 2:23 p.m. The timely named FAUCI (Malibu Moon) is the 4-5 morning-line favorite in the first 2-year-old race of the year in New York. Trained by Wesley Ward for Lindy Farms and Ice Wine Stable, the bay colt was a $175,000 KEESEP yearling. The race also includes a pair of graduates of the recent OBS March sale. Kelly Breen saddles Garoppolo (Outwork), who was purchased by Mr Amore Stable for $125,000 following a :21 1/5 quarter-mile work in Ocala....

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May 23 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency WELL-BRED BERNARDINI DEBUTS AT CHURCHILL 3rd-CD, $79K, Msw, 3yo, 6 1/2f, 2:00p.m. Colts Neck Stables' SHADOW BOAT (Bernardini) makes his career bow in this spot for trainer Jorge Duarte, Jr. The $80,000 KEESEP buy is a half-sibling to GI Breeders' Cup F/M Turf victress and millionaire Shared Account (Pleasantly Perfect), who is the dam of GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner and 'TDN Rising Star' Sharing (Speightstown), who makes her 3-year-old debut in Saturday's Tepin S.; and SW Riley's Choice (Distorted Humor). Shadow Boat...

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Former Navarro, Servis Horses Entered at Gulfstream

The next chapter in the saga of Jorge Navarro and Jason Servis will begin Thursday at Gulfstream Park when the first of more than 100 horses that had been under the care of the two trainers before they were indicted will start for their new barns. Now trained by Mike Maker, Admiral Lynch (Super Saver) has been entered in Thursday's ninth race. The 4-year-old had been trained by Servis. On Thursday, Todd Pletcher will send out two horses that had previously been trained by Navarro. Three days after Navarro and...

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May 14 Insights: Pletcher Unveils Pricey Pharoah Filly On Gulfstream Grass

Insights, Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 6th-GP, Msw, $45K, 3yo/up, f/m, 1 1/16mT, 3:43 p.m ET A full field of 12 plus three also-eligibles signs on for this maiden turf route Thursday in Hallandale, headed by expensive Todd Pletcher debutante THANKFUL (American Pharoah). Owned by Bass Stables, the bay is a half-sister to GSW Brazen Persuasion (Indian Charlie) and hammered for $625,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling. She shows a steady series of breezes at Palm Beach Downs on both turf and dirt going back to mid-March, capped by a...

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Halladay Shuts Out Rivals in Sunshine Forever

Dispatched the 13-10 favorite for Saturday's featured Sunshine Forever S. at Gulfstream Park, Halladay (War Front) enjoyed a fairly soft time of things from the front beneath Luis Saez and proved not for catching, reporting home a 1 1/4-length winner from Aquaphobia (Giant's Causeway). Social Paranoia (Street Boss), last-out winner of the GIII Appleton H. Mar. 28, completed a 1-3 finish for the Todd Pletcher barn. Halladay hit the ground running and took some token pressure from a hard-held El Tormenta (Stormy Atlantic) and a three-wide Admission Office (Point of...

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Pletcher Saddles 50th Winner for Constitution

2nd-Gulfstream, $44,000, Msw, 5-9, 2yo, 4 1/2f, :52.63, ft. HYPERFOCUS (c, 2, Constitution--Discreet Meating, by Hat Trick {Jpn}) became the 50th worldwide winner for his second-crop sire, who scored both of his top-level victories at Gulfstream for winning trainer Todd Pletcher. Sent off at 5-2 in this career bow, the $100,000 KEESEP purchase raced off the fence in mid-pack as Breakthrough (Nyquist) and Peppi (Cajun Breeze) dueled through a swift first quarter in :22.07. Aggressively ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., the bay ranged up outside the top two turning for...

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Saturday’s Insights: Freshman Sire Duo Have First Runners

2nd-GP, $65K, Msw, 2yo, 4 1/2f, post time: 1:35p.m. ET Known for his prowess with early 2-year-olds, trainer Wesley Ward sends out the first runner by champion and GI Kentucky Derby hero Nyquist in BREAKTHROUGH. Purchased for $330,000 at FTKJUL, the dark bay is a half-brother to SW & MGISP Red Vine (Candy Ride {Arg}) and his dam is a half to MGSW Fort Prado (El Prado {Ire}). Scratched from a similar spot Friday, he enters this unveiling off a bullet three panels on the turf at Palm Meadows in...

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May 8 Insight: Ward Sends Out First Nyquist Runner

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 2nd-GP, $60K, Msw, 2yo, 4 1/2f, 1:35p.m. Known for his prowess with early 2-year-olds, trainer Wesley Ward sends out the first runner by champion and GI Kentucky Derby hero Nyquist in BREAKTHROUGH. Purchased for $330,000 at FTKJUL, the dark bay is a half-brother to SW & MGISP Red Vine (Candy Ride {Arg}) and his dam is a half to MGSW Fort Prado (El Prado {Ire}). He enters this unveiling off a bullet three panels on the turf at Palm Meadows in :36 1/5 (1/8) May...

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Eclipse Runners Making Their Mark at Oaklawn

The pickings are reasonably slim during this period of virus-restricted racing, but horses carrying the silks of Aron Wellman's Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners have prospered in recent weeks at Oaklawn Park, with placings in some of the tracks major stakes events. The suddenly fragmented Racing Festival of the South kicked off Apr. 18 with the running of the GIII Count Fleet Sprint H., won for the third time by Whitmore (Pleasantly Perfect), and the GI Apple Blossom H. Apr. 18. Eclipse's Point of Honor (Curlin), wide-trip winner of the GII Black-Eyed...

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Quality Road Colt Gritty at Gulfstream

St Elias Stable's lightly raced Dr Post (Quality Road) stamped himself as a sophomore to watch Saturday after securing a first stakes score despite tough trip in Gulfstream's Unbridled S. Fourth at 1-2 odds at Belmont way back in July of 2019 behind subsequent GSW/GISP Green Light Go (Hard Spun) and SW/GSP Another Miracle (American Pharoah), the $400,000 Keeneland September yearling resurfaced to score here Mar. 29 while earning a strong Beyer Speed Figure of 94. He was backed down to even-money favoritism this time over GIII Gotham S. third...

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‘War’ Triumphs in turf, route bow at Gulfstream

8th-Gulfstream, $39,000, Alw (NW1$X)/Opt. Clm ($75,000), 4-24, 3yo, f, 1 1/8mT, 1:47.00, fm. EVE OF WAR (f, 3, Declaration of War--Special Thanks, by Broken Vow), sent off at 5-2 for her turf and route debut, held the advantage all the way around at to mark her return to the winner's circle Gulfstream. Cleanly away, the chestnut assumed a narrow advantage over New Day Dawning (Medaglia d'Oro), who was prompted by Secret Stash (Mukhadram {GB}) and Sky Snow (Lemon Drop Kid). Still in front through a half in :47.84, the Todd...

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